Archive for the VoCA Tag

VoCA Loves…Jonathan Jones on Criticism

Guardian art blogger Jonathan Jones defends criticism, reflecting a stance that VoCA has long championed: “There is an opportunity for critics again – and a need….It really is time to stand up for what is good against what is meretricious. And it really is possible to find examples of excellence as well as stupidity. In other words, this is a
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Troubled Economy: Good for Art?

Is the economic shakedown the best thing that could have happened to the art world? It seems that amid the upheaval and uncertainty, survivors will emerge and we reckon they will be old masters, mid-century and contemporary masters, as well as lesser-known, high quality works. Works that were representative of certain turns in the history of art, despite having fallen
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3 Exhibitions: Harun Farocki in Kingston, Feminist Ephemera in Vancouver, 100 Years of Film in Windsor, Ontario

1. HARUN FAROCKI: one image doesn’t take the place of the previous one 1 November 2008 to 1 February 2009 Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston Ontario Some of you may have seen Farocki’s excellent film installation at last year’s Documenta in Kassel, Germany. Or perhaps when it was shown as part of Re-Enactments at Montreal’s DHC/ART Foundation. Harun Farocki Deep
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Toronto: Sobey Art Award finalists – Tim Lee, Terence Koh, Daniel Barrow, Raphaelle de Groot, Mario Doucette

An exhibition of work by this year’s Sobey Art Award Finalists opens August 27, 2008 at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. Tim Lee, Goldberg Variations: Aria, BWV 988, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1741 (Glenn Gould, 1981) 2007. Image: This exhibition features over 50 contemporary artworks, including paintings, sculptures, performance art, video installations and photography, by the Award’s finalists, five of
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News: Frank Gehry’s Serpentine Pavilion

Gehry’s 2008 Serpentine pavilion. Image: Baan London’s Serpentine Gallery, whose program of internationally renowned architect-designed summer pavilions has seen constructions by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Oscar Niemeyer and Toyo Ito, among others, grace its front garden, opens the latest pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry.

Damien Hirst’ shenanigans

VoCA’s fasination with British artist Damien Hirst continues with a review of Toronto author Don Thompson’s book, The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. Check it out HERE. Look for our review in an upcoming issue of Quill and Quire – we’ll post it on VoCA, too.

News: Mark Lewis to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale

London-based film artist and VoCA favorite Mark Lewis will represent Canada at the 2009 Venice Biennale! Mark Lewis, Isoceles, 2007. Image: Click HERE for the full article.

VoCA goes up North

Tom Thomson, Byng Inlet – Georgian Bay But we’ll be back next week with: -What’s upcoming at the new, improved AGO -More on Nuit Blanche Toronto -Canada’s representative at the 2009 Venice Biennale -Are auction houses set to take over from galleries? -VoCA speaks at the Power Plant’s summer exhibition on Sunday, July 20 at 2 pm in Toronto …and
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Canada’s best young painters 2008? Part Three

Here are the final five of all fifteen semi-finalists in Canada’s RBC Painting Competition. Who do you think should win? Let VoCA know! (Post comment below) Martin Golland, Prism Burn, 2008. Image:

Canada’s best young painters 2008? Part Two

Over the next three days, VoCA will be featuring work by all fifteen semi-finalists in Canada’s RBC Painting Competition. In the meantime, here is the second group of finalists, continued from below (in alphabetical order.) Who do you think should win? Let VoCA know! (Post comment below) Emmy Skensved, Mirror, 2008. Image: